What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery alters the stomach and/or intestines to treat severe obesity.
The procedure takes about 2-4 hours and patients generally stay in the hospital for 3-5 days after that. Most patients can return to school or work in 2-6 weeks.

Currently, we perform three bariatric surgery procedures:

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

We perform the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure for morbidly overweight adolescents. The procedure:

  • Reduces the patient’s stomach size
  • Narrows the connection between the stomach and small intestine
  • Decreases the amount of food the patient can eat

Our bariatric surgery team has performed the Roux-en-Y laparoscopically since 2004. The bariatric surgeon inserts specialized miniature instruments into the patient through small incisions made in the abdominal wall. Compared to large incision surgery, the laparoscopic technique:

  • Promotes faster healing and recovery 
  • Decreases pain 
  • Decreases the chance of infection

Gastric Lap Band

Gastric lap banding is performed laparoscopically and involves the placement of an adjustable collar around the stomach, limiting the amount of food the patient can eat.

In May 2006, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford became the first children’s hospital in California to perform gastric lap band surgery on adolescents.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive form of weight loss surgery where a portion of the stomach is removed. The stomach is resized and ends up looking like a sleeve or tube. This procedure permanently reduces stomach size and is not reversible.